Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar Award (All Disciplines)
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In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
The Fulbright- Tampere University scholar will conduct research and lecture at any of the seven faculties of the University:
- Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences
- Faculty of Management and Business
- Faculty of Education and Culture
- Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology
- Faculty of Built Environment
- Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
- Faculty of Social Sciences
The award can be awarded for any field represented at Tampere University.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the host department, faculty or research program to work together in designing the activities.
The Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar Award is jointly funded by the Tampere University and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.
Tampere University is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. Almost all internationally recognized fields of study are represented at the university. The University brings together research and education in technology, health and society.
Tampere University coordinates four Centers of Excellence funded by the Academy of Finland. They have top researchers who have been granted with ERC funding from the European Research Council. In addition, the university coordinates an Academy of Finland Flagship Program. The University strengthens their research profile in strategically selected areas with competitive funding for profiling.
Tampere University is a community of 21,000 students and over 4,000 staff members and is located on three campuses: Central Campus, Hervanta Campus and Kauppi Campus. The University offers several Master’s, Bachelor’s and Doctoral programs in English and welcomes around 1000 exchange students yearly and has around 550 bilateral agreements covering both student and staff exchange.
City of Tampere
Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland center in the Nordic countries.
Tampere is one of the three most rapidly developing regions in Finland. It is a center for leading-edge technology, research, education, culture, sports, and business. Year after year, the City of Tampere comes first in image surveys comparing the largest cities in Finland. It is also the most attractive city among Finns who plan on moving. Tampere is home to 240,000 people. The Greater Tampere Area, which comprises Tampere and its neighbouring municipalities, has a population of almost half a million.
Find more information at Visit Tampere.
The award is offered for a period of 3-10 months, starting in either September 2024 or January 2025, or must be separately agreed upon with the host institution and the Fulbright Finland Foundation. The academic year runs from September through mid-May. No teaching is generally offered during June to August.
Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of invitation from the relevant unit. The letter should include information on the agreed teaching and research plan, details of housing, and length and dates of the proposed visit (Finnish host institution should refer to these instructions).
NOTE: Late June, July and early August are traditionally summer vacation months in Finland and responses to inquiries may be delayed. Applicants are advised to contact the Finnish host institution well ahead of time to solicit an invitation letter for their application.
During the selection process, some applicants may be invited to a Zoom call in mid-January 2024.
A candidate for the Fulbright–Tampere University Scholar Award must hold a Ph.D. degree and have some experience in teaching and research in their field.
The candidate must be a U.S. citizen.
Tampere University encourages applicants to contact the university staff beforehand. Minna Haka-Risku is happy to help potential candidates to connect with the faculty members for discussion.
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Fulbright Finland Foundation
Fulbright Finland Foundation encourages potential applicants to visit its website for further information and contact the office directly with any questions:
The stipend includes a monthly grant and free housing for the scholar and their accompanying family.
The monthly grant is 4,500 EUR a month (approx. $4,800), paid out in euro in monthly installments.
Please note: amounts in USD are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.
Tampere University will arrange and cover the cost of housing for the scholar and their family. This information should be confirmed in the letter of invitation. Applicants should communicate their housing needs to the host institution during the application process, so that appropriate housing can be arranged for them.
A one-time travel allowance of $1,800 is provided.
Also, a residence permit allowance is provided - based on the actual permit fees (incl. grantee and accompanying family members).
K-12 education in Finland is generally free or heavily subsidized (some special schools, such as private international schools, may charge tuition). Instruction in English is available in Helsinki and other bigger cities at kindergartens, elementary and secondary schools, as well as at the university level, however many of them require an aptitude test and sometimes entry is competitive.
For details about the Finnish education system please visit the Ministry of Education and Culture, which provides greater insight to education at all levels across Finland.
The scholar will receive the full support services provided by the Fulbright Finland Foundation for all Fulbright grantees in Finland.
The Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki arranges a four-day orientation seminar for scholars at the end of August, which scholars arriving for the fall semester are expected to attend. An orientation meeting is also arranged for scholars arriving in January. In addition, the Fulbright Finland Foundation organizes seminars and other events throughout the academic year for the Fulbright scholars to deepen their understanding of the Finnish culture.
The grantee will also be eligible to participate in a Fulbright Finland pre-approved summer school in Finland consisting of courses on Finnish language, culture and society, pending availability of suitable programs.
Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
To learn more about Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards in Finland for 2024-25, please view our archived webinar and slides to hear directly from the Fulbright Commission, IIE staff and U.S. Scholar alums regarding award details, the scholar experience, and application guidance.
Finland is a Nordic country the size of California located in northern Europe, and is part of the European Union. It is rather sparsely populated (5.6 million people) and has extensive nature: forests, coastline and lakes.The six largest cities host approximately 60% of the population; urban environments are closely linked to nature. It is a country that has a well-organized and efficient society. The general infrastructure, both public and private services, is considered very effective. Well run public services such as transportation, police, education and healthcare are fundamental and highly regarded parts of the society. The arts and design, cultural life, nature and sports are highly valued. Finland ranks as one of the world’s most stable nations and has been named one of the safest and least corrupt countries in the world, which makes it an easy place to live and travel in.
Finns believe strongly in equality and education, and the country is especially known for its effective and free education system. Finland has two types of higher education institutions: universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS). Finnish higher education institutions engage in world-leading research and offer high-quality academic programs. On a national level research and development is highly emphasized. The Finnish government is committed to the target of raising research and development expenditure to four per cent of GDP by 2030. Together with a welcoming and intriguing environment, Finland offers interesting opportunities for American researchers, teachers and professionals. English is widely used at the university level.
The academic year in Finland is based on a two-semester system. The official academic year starts on August 1 and ends on July 31. However, in the fall semester lectures are usually scheduled between September and mid-December, and in the spring semester between early January and May. Typically, there is no teaching during the summer and on public holidays.
Finland has a strong Fulbright program with a unique history. The program has an important role in supporting the internationalization of education and research in Finland, helping U.S. and Finnish institutions create linkages, and promoting a wider exchange of knowledge and professional talents through educational contacts between Finland and the United States. The program has grown in recent years due to the close cooperation of the Fulbright Finland Foundation with Finnish universities, research institutions, governmental agencies and private foundations, as well as to U.S. and Finnish alumni contributions. Most of the program’s funding currently comes from Finland.
The Fulbright Finland Foundation offers awards to U.S. scholars to teach or pursue research in Finland. The majority of awards are available to scholars in all disciplines, but some awards are limited to certain fields. In nearly all categories, housing is provided for the grantee. Awards are also available for professionals for career development.
The Fulbright Finland Foundation also provides information for Finnish institutions, which applicants are encouraged to utilize when contacting prospective hosts.
Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.